South Carolina clinches bowl eligibility in head coach Will Muschamp's first year at the helm
South Carolina improves to 5-4 on the season
Bentley solid in his first career start in the Garnet and Black
Football vs. Michigan in the Outback Bowl - January 1, 2018
Photos from South Carolina football vs. Clemson - Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017
Photos from South Carolina football vs. Wofford, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017
Photos from South Carolina football vs. Florida - Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017
Images from the Gamecocks hitting the road to face the top-ranked Bulldogs
2017 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll
2016-2017 Carolina Male New Student-Athlete of the Year
2017 Joe Morrison Offensive Player of the Spring
2016 Steve Wadiak Co-Most Valuable Player
16-17 First Year SEC Honor Roll
Junior signal-caller who has started each of the last 20 games... owns a 13-7 record as a starter... ranks 10th in completions (370), second in completion percentage (63.3), 11th in passing yards (4,214) and 11th in passing touchdowns (27) in school history... needs seven victories to become the sixth quarterback to win 20 games at Carolina, joining Connor Shaw (27), Todd Ellis (24), Garry Harper (20), Stephen Garcia (20) and Steve Taneyhill (20).
2017: Sophomore signal-caller who was selected as one of four permanent team captains... recognized by his teammates for the Leadership Award for the offense... took every meaningful snap during the season... completed 245-of-394 passes (62.2 percent) for 2,794 yards with 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions... among SEC quarterbacks, ranked second in pass completions, second in pass attempts, sixth in passing yards per game (214.9), sixth in pass completion percentage, tied for fourth in touchdown passes and seventh in total offense (221.5)... his 2017 totals rank seventh in school history in single-season passing yards, fourth in pass attempts, fourth in pass completions, 10th in completion percentage and tied for seventh in passing touchdowns... tied for the team lead with six touchdowns scored... best game was a 24-for-36 performance for 304 yards against Kentucky, with a pair of touchdowns... the 304 yards passing was a career-best against an SEC opponent... had a career-best 16-consecutive completions in that contest... went 152 passes without an interception early in the season... threw three touchdown passes against both NC State and Arkansas... rushed the ball six times for a career-best 47 yards in the win over Vanderbilt... accounted for three touchdowns against both the Commodores and Wofford... became the 14th quarterback in Carolina history to surpass 3,000 career passing yards in the Tennessee game... named to the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll... named the Joe Morrison Offensive Player in the Spring... worked as a counselor at the prestigious Manning Passing Academy in June.
2016: Started each of the final seven games after not playing in the first six contests of the season... was 4-3 as a starter... was 125-for-190 for 1,420 yards and nine touchdowns and just four interceptions... his 65.8 percent completion percentage ranks fourth in in Carolina history for a single-season... shared Steve Wadiak MVP honors with Deebo Samuel... made his debut as the starting quarterback against UMass... went 17-for-26 for 201 yards and two touchdowns vs. the Minutemen... became the fifth Gamecock true freshman to start at quarterback in the SEC era... won his first career start against an SEC opponent as the Gamecocks upset Tennessee... completed 15-of-20 passes against the Vols for 167 yards and two TDs... connected K.C. Crosby for a 35-yard touchdown in the 4th quarter that proved to be the game-winner against UT... improved to 3-0 as a starter and earned SEC Freshman of the Week accolades when he led the Gamecocks to a win over Missouri, going 22-for-28 for 254 yards and two touchdowns... connected on touchdown passes with Rico Dowdle and K.C. Crosby... his scoring connection with Crosby was the third straight game the two players combined for a touchdown... became the first Carolina true freshman quarterback to win his first three collegiate starts since Steve Taneyhill notched four-straight wins in 1992... went 18-for-33 for 213 yards in his first road start at Florida... improved to 4-1 as a starter in the Western Carolina win, completing 14-of-23 passes for 154 yards... carried the ball five times for 34 yards against WCU and caught a pass on a trick play for 12 yards... set career highs with 32 completions, 43 pass attempts and three touchdowns in the Birmingham Bowl against USF... set the school record for bowl games and Birmingham Bowl records for passes completed (32), yards passing (390) and total offense (381) in the ovetime loss to the Bulls... passed on his senior year of high school to enroll at South Carolina in the summer of 2016... joined Kansas safety Mike Lee as the only two FBS players who could have been playing prep football in 2016.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from high school following his junior season to enroll at South Carolina... threw for 2,834 yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior in 2015, leading the Bulldogs to a 12-1 record... coached by Brian Blackmon... grew up in Duncan S.C. and attended Byrnes High School as a freshman before his family moved to Alabama... a four-star prospect... ranked as the No. 5 pro style quarterback by 247Sports...Scout considered him the No. 9 passer in the class of 2017... was the second-ranked quarterback and the 33rd-ranked player overall in the ESPN Junior 300... was selected to play in the Under Armour All-American Game.
PERSONAL: Jacob L. Bentley was born Nov. 23, 1997... is an exercise science major... father, Bobby, is Carolina's running backs coach and previously was a highly-successful high school coach at Byrnes (S.C.) and at Presbyterian College... Jake's step-brother, Chas Dodd (Rutgers), and brother, Schuler Bentley (ODU/Murray State), both have started at quarterback in college.
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